Written on Dec, 11, 2014 by in

Hello. This is my personal blog. I will use it to share articles that I find relevant, and from time to time to write my personal thoughts on matters such as music, philosophy, ecology and so on. At the time comments are disabled because of spambots, but feel free to send me a private message through the contact form. Peace. Tom Callens

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Written on Jun, 10, 2015 by in

The years to come will be defined by struggles over our ability to imagine radically expanded horizons beyond the capitalist enclosure of the commons. – Max Haiven The Empire of Complicity “The struggle against hopelessness is in some ways very personal and in some ways very common. The idea that the global capitalist system as it is today cannot be …

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Written on Jun, 01, 2015 by in ,

To people who religiously support technological innovation as the bearer of equality, freedom and democracy: we couldn’t be more removed from such a utopia at this moment. The internet is held by and divided between a few major fanatic-libertarian corporations, thus ensuring the ultimate of monopolies, one where democratic regulation by people and governments don’t apply. Apostles of such a …

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Written on May, 09, 2015 by in ,

Opleidingen met een minder directe toepassing en van ogenschijnlijk kleiner nut vormen onze grootste bescherming tegen kortzichtigheid en fundamentalisme, beweert Ramsey Nasr. We moeten studenten niet pushen om louter te doen waar ze goed in zijn of waar het geld valt te halen, maar waar ze gelukkig in zijn. “De paradox: juist de opleidingen met een minder directe toepassing en …

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By Tim Hjersted “Now if we want to dream big, let’s dream big. In the future, I see a society where the basic needs of every human being are guaranteed: food, shelter, health care – cradle to grave security. I see a future without the need for toilsome work, without nation-states, without rulers and ruled, hierarchy or war. You think …

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Written on Apr, 14, 2015 by in

“Il faut savoir ce que l’on veut. Quand on le sait, il faut avoir le courage de le dire ; quand on le dit, il faut avoir le courage de le faire.” – Georges Clemenceau “You have to know what you want, when you want it, you must have the courage to say it, and when you say it, you …

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Written on Feb, 15, 2015 by in

  Sarah Manning and Jeff Boxer for the Content Creators Coalition We love Zoe Keating. She’s not just an amazing artist. Keating is an unofficial ambassador of good will between two cultures desperately in need of common ground – arts and technology. By publishing her royalties and earnings from digital music services, she has offered transparency that helps artists take charge of …

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Written on Jan, 26, 2015 by in

(from musictechpolicy.wordpress.com) Once again, Zoë Keating provides a leading voice for artists rights and leads by personal example. In her compelling viral blog post, “What Should I Do About YouTube,” Zoë describes a recent encounter with the demands of YouTube the definitive “new boss” monopoly video service owned by Google. She asks her community for advice in making a decision …

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For some years I’ve been regularly practicing my instruments on the train to kill time constructively (smiley here). In that case I sit in between two cars on the hallway. Most of the time the train conductor passes by with or without a smile. They validate the ticket and go their way. One time I got asked to play softer. …

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Written on Jan, 21, 2015 by in ,

“druk in de weer zijn op blogs en dergelijke levert zelden diepgaande informatie op; vaker leidt het tot een bevestiging van de eigen standpunten, even vaak gekoppeld aan een nog grondiger hekel aan de standpunten van de tegenpartij – haat is een kenmerk van heel veel blogs. Praten is niet hetzelfde als studeren of zich inwerken in een thema, en …

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